Thanks for sharing these resources, Naomi. I especially like the evaluation form for the ipad app. It really makes people really think about about what they are using and why they are using it. Too many people ask what apps should I buy and when you ask they what they want to do with the ipad they can't really give an answer. I hope the prices come down because you can't beat the mobility and how you can have the info at your finger tips all the time in such a user friendly format. As others have said, it is a tool and you need to see what the job is that has to be done and what tool will do the job best. I think having some availble as an option has worked out well for some of our districts. Apple is still working on the management of them in a school setting. I think there are still some glitches to work out when deploying them for multiple students to use.
OK, so who has gotten the ipad2??? I've read a lot about it but haven't talked to anyone who has one. One of the great features if it works well is the mirroring abiltiy so that when you are working with a class or doing a PD session the participants can see exactly what you are doing on your ipad and follow along. I always end up bringing a document camera and then getting the lighting right etc is annoying. I thought maybe it was just an upgrade on the software with the new connector and I could use the "old" ipad but that doesn't appear to be the case.
THREE lucky people received an iPad 2 at our state technology conference this month! I, however, was NOT one of the three . It was funny when they went down to pick up their prize. Each person was given a printed paper with the iPad 2 picture on it. The paper also included contact information on how to redeem the paper for an iPad 2 when it was available at the Apple Store. I was so pleased to see the conference gave away the NEWEST technology instead of last year's model. (I still have not seen the new model yet - and am not very patient as I wait.)
Here is a collection of iPad resources from my Twitter friends this week, and new friends just made at the Florida International University conference. Sorry if these are duplicates.
I think these tools are great resources. can we live without them, yes. but they can make learning fun. and they can increase student participation in reading activities, using logical reasoning, etc.
however, we have to be very careful when implementing these types of tools and resources, because low incidence disabilities groups may not be able to benefit from them as easily....
iPad's are awesome! They have a ton of apps from Pre-K to college. Students could definately learn by using an iPad. They could also be easily distracted by all the game apps. Also, teachers would have to have buy in. Without the teachers using the iPad in the classroom, it defeats the whole purpose. Students would be excited about using it, and that would open the world up to them.
My district is looking at using iPads next year with 9th grade students. Each freshman would have all their textbooks digitally on an iPad or netbook.
I think iPads or devices like these are the future. I am using a laptop now, but 2 years from now? Who knows?
My school's administrators just asked me to provide them the "pros" and "cons" of iPads. I was surprised that they wanted to know how these tools might be used by them as administrators. I enjoyed the challenge of providing ideas to these administrators of how an iPad could be used for their work. I hope they take the plunge and then decide a tablet like the iPad can benefit teachers and students in the school.
I hope others can provide me ideas on how the iPad can be used by administrators. I'd love to do a "follow-up" to the administration on why this tool is awesome.
Here is what I told my administrators on how I thought an iPad could be used:
1. The camera could be used to video tape a teacher's lesson and then discussed during a post-classroom visit.
2. Presentations could be used from the iPad with the Apple Digital AV Adapter.
3. Administrators could create a "checklist" or "form" to complete while doing walkabouts.
4. Facetime could be used to collaborate/interview someone who is not able to come to the school.
I invite all my Intel Teach Engage friends to add other items to this list.
I think there are some activities can be provided by the IPad within education. I agree that the IPad is a hot item and many students will be motivated just by being able to use this device in the classroom. I think for the administrators, the walk around observation is a good concept. I think the printing issues will have to be addressed to make this more user friendly. I think lack of the ability to project your IPad's home screen is one deficiency that will need to be addressed. As an administrator, you will find it necessary to project your home screen in order to display specific aspects. Another problem is the use of and purchasing of apps. How do we control which apps can be downloaded or NOT downloaded by the students?
Just a few thoughts.